Welsh speed cameras not money driven, says GoSafe
The M4, in Port Talbot, has caught nearly 7000 motorists speeding in this year alone, causing critics to claim that they are just a money-making scheme.
GoSafe, the safety campaigners partially responsible for the installation of the new cameras, has hit back at the criticism, claiming that safety is the only motivation for the system, and that money was simply about ensuring that motorists do not speed again.
The minimum fine for speeding in the UK is £100, with the maximum fine for excessive speeding on a motorway costing motorists up to £2,500.
GoSafe has said that the money earned from fines goes straight back into the government and that the group itself does not receive anything.
Critics have also cited the M4’s lowered 50mph speed limit as another reason why so many drivers are caught out, with GoSafe saying that the smaller limit is needed due to the road being “difficult to travel on”.
A spokesperson for Safe Speed, one of the groups slating the new cameras, claimed that some of the money would in fact find its way to those who installed the new system, and that speed cameras were not the best way to tackle speed on the roads.
Despite the criticism from other groups, GoSafe has said it has no plans to get rid of or reduce the camera system.